Government response

Myth bust: Red tape challenge

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Red Tape Challenge is about examining and understanding the impact of regulation to ensure that it is proportionate while delivering the desired outcomes.

The myth: there have been reports in the media that important environmental regulations in legislation such as the Wildlife and Countryside Act, National Park Act, Clean Air Act and the Climate Change Act could be scrapped as part of the Government’s Red Tape Challenge.

The truth: Defra is committed to enhancing the natural environment and there are no plans to remove important environmental protections. The Red Tape Challenge is about examining and understanding the impact of regulation on the people, businesses, and communities it affects, to ensure that it is proportionate while delivering the desired outcomes.